Presidential candidates rally ahead of New York primary

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — It may have been the rowdiest Democratic debate yet.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders did not hold back at Thursday night’s debate.

Meanwhile, polls show Clinton and Donald Trump with solid leads, but their opponents are doing everything they can to close the gap.

Bernie Sanders will not go quietly.

"I stood up against the behaviors of the banks when I was a Senator — I called them out," he said. "Secretary Clinton called them out — oh my goodness — they must have been really crushed by this."

Following a fiery debate Thursday, Bernie Sanders – still trailing well behind in New York polls – not only left the state, he left the country arriving at the Vatican to praise the absent Pope Francis. But the far-flung speaking engagement cost Sanders precious time on the campaign trail.

"It was something that I simply could not refuse to attend," he said.

Meanwhile, on the Republican side, Trump penned an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal to criticize Colorado’s unusual delegate selection process, writing "Colorado had an election without voters." and asking Americans, "How has the system been working out for you and your family?"

"What we’ll see today in Colorado is a revolt because a million people were denied their right to go to the ballot box," Sanders said.

Ted Cruz took that serious issue in a not-so-serious skit with Comedian Jimmy Fallon.

"I won those elections fair and square," he said.

And Friday, Trump was taking more heat, this time from contestants he once fired on his TV show, "The Apprentice."

"Trump has appealed to the lowest common denominator of fear racism and divisiveness," said Kwame Jackson, former "apprentice" cast member.

But it’s unlikely New Yorkers will "fire" Trump since every New York poll has him leading by a wide margin.

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